This summer I hosted for free (100%) a number of person to relief me from solo-sailing, for having company and conversation. Several nationalities, ages, and sex
No more then 2pxs on a 54', thus being 3 in total maximum
In 100% of cases (say 15pxs) I received Different (not the same...) criticism, for This or That, in disparaged order...
I mean, people seem dedicated to opinionated guessing, in many cases without any proper ground of experience. And a short-sighted reasoning.
Someone even pretended to decide on sleeping places affecting My Cabin
...or where I keep tools or cooking
For those few with a noticeable experience, it was the opposite, the comments were shooting too high, as coming from/after a 2m$ renovation
(sic!) of a 86' old classic...
In spite of the total gratuity (meals, fuel
, at times restaurants..all included) no one showed gratefulness in words, and usually leaving was a mutual relief. Even when I was left alone with 150nm ahead.
In 2 cases, I had to plainly and kindly ask people to leave at short convenience, and anyone took his/her own best time to do it (from days to one week later.... at a cost for me).
People want the "vacation", they don't care of work duties, want to stop here and there....have their own time schedules, their own standard for cleanliness, order, punctuality... usually all well misplaced on board (including the grand-dame spotting any stains but unable to brush the loo....).
Another complication? People buying
a return ticket one month ahead, thus conditioning our cruising which I like to depend on weather
allowances and my whims, not someone's tickets....
I speak of life aboard and social behaviour, since speaking about nautical skills would be hilarious.... people pretending 5 yrs boating
yet unable to hitch a fender
are the norm...
? My AP is better, sure.
Orders? Are not listened to (at 3rd attempt, she was relieved from helm
, and never touched it again)
All in all... a miserable experience, where I never heard the word "Sorry" even in front of damages, breakings, ruined /lost materials and gear
. Thank you? Optional.
How many complained to me of the flight cost to reach me!? The majority, 2/3 at least...
I am honestly appaled.
A boat is someone's house first, would you go as a guest to a house saying that a table cloth is " disgusting", the sofa must switch position with the table, and cutlery should go in another cupboard.??